LOS ANGELES (KGO) --Bay Area punk rockers Green Day solidified their political roots with 2004's mega-hit American Idiot album aimed at the Bush Administration. They reignited that voice at the 2016 American Music Awards with a memorable chant aimed at President-elect Donald Trump.
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During a pyrotechnic filled rendition of "Bang Bang," a song that the band has said relates to social media and mass shootings in America from their 2016 release Revolution Radio, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong took to the front of the stage and began to chant, "No Trump, no KKK no fascist USA."
Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt both grew up in Pinole, California while drummer Tre Cool played in a band called The Lookouts in rural Mendocino County. All three of the Grammy winners live in Oakland today.
Many other artists took jabs at President-elect Trump, but Green Day's protest in particular has spread like wildfire across the internet, with thousands of music fans taking to social media to express their opinion on the performance.
Armstrong in particular has gone on record criticizing media and society's "manufactured anxiety" in regard to the 2016 election.
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The East Bay punks got their start at a small,all-ages venue called 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley in the late 80s, early 90s before their major label debut, 1994's Dookie, went multi-platinum.
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